Student accused of making threats against UNC Charlotte arrested in Winston-Salem


Matthew Recoy Saavedra

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A UNC Charlotte student accused of making threats against the university was arrested by Winston-Salem police Tuesday at Forsyth Medical Center, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Brad Stanley.

Matthew Recoy Saavedra, 20, of King, is charged with making a false report concerning mass violence on education property.

A police search warrant lists disturbing items found in the off-campus home of Saavedra after he allegedly talked about shooting people, WSOC reports.

The warrant submitted to a judge by UNC Charlotte police last week says when officers searched Matt Saavedra’s apartment they found a campus emergency response guide on his wall opened to the active shooter response and evacuation pages.

On his computer, they found searches for school shootings and videos about death.

Saavedra is prohibited from coming onto campus, the university said.

Earlier this month, Saavedra went to a doctor in King to talk about ongoing mental health issues and said “he could not wait to buy a gun and shoot the university up,” according to the Charlotte Observer. He was voluntarily committed to a hospital in Winston-Salem.

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